Average Weather in January in Rikitea French Polynesia
Daily high temperatures are around 79°F, rarely falling below 76°F or exceeding 81°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 77°F, rarely falling below 75°F or exceeding 79°F.
For reference, on March 5, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Rikitea typically range from 78°F to 80°F, while on September 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 71°F to 73°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in January
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Playas, Ecuador (3,915 miles away); Belmonte, Brazil (6,172 miles); and Baie aux Huîtres, Mauritius (9,240 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Rikitea (view comparison).
The month of January in Rikitea experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 69% to 61%.
The clearest day of the month is January 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 39% of the time.
For reference, on December 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 74%, while on August 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 60%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Rikitea, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is decreasing, starting the month at 35% and ending it at 31%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 40% on December 17, and its lowest chance is 19% on August 27.
Probability of Precipitation in January
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during January in Rikitea is decreasing, starting the month at 4.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 9.0 inches or falls below 0.9 inches, and ending the month at 4.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.4 inches or falls below 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
Over the course of January in Rikitea, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 23 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 46 seconds, and weekly decrease of 5 minutes, 24 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 31, with 13 hours, 9 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 1, with 13 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The earliest sunrise of the month in Rikitea is 5:17 AM on January 1 and the latest sunrise is 21 minutes later at 5:38 AM on January 31.
The latest sunset is 6:51 PM on January 13 and the earliest sunset is 4 minutes earlier at 6:47 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Rikitea during 2018.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:11 AM and sets 13 hours, 34 minutes later, at 6:44 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:40 AM and sets 10 hours, 43 minutes later, at 5:23 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Rikitea is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0% of 99% throughout.
For reference, on February 19, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on August 28, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 48% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Rikitea is gradually increasing during January, increasing from 12.5 miles per hour to 13.2 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 27, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 14.8 miles per hour, while on March 19, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.1 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during January is 13.4 miles per hour on January 28.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
Rikitea is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Rikitea is essentially constant during January, remaining within 1°F of 80°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in January
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Rikitea are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Rikitea are rapidly increasing during January, increasing by 839°F, from 4,302°F to 5,141°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in January
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Rikitea is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 6.6 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during January is 6.7 kWh on January 15.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Rikitea are -23.120 deg latitude, -134.969 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Rikitea contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,283 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 102 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,286 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,286 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Rikitea is covered by water (100%), within 10 miles by water (100%), and within 50 miles by water (100%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Rikitea year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Rikitea is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Rikitea, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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